Banded Tiger Moth (Apantesis vittata)
The banded tiger moth is an Erebidae moth found in the United States. Their bright colors help them ward off predators by signaling that they might have a bitter taste.
Description and Identification
Larvae feed on various herbs, including dandelions.
Pupation takes place in cocoons made out of larval setae.
Sexual Dimorphism: Present but not prominent.
Color and Appearance
Forewing: When the wings are open, they are black with cream-colored markings. When the wings are closed, the colors remain visible.
Hindwing: When the wings are open, they are red with a black border. When the wings are closed, the red color can still be seen from beneath the forewings.
Average wingspan: 32–42 mm
Flight pattern: Erratic
Season: March to October
Eggs are laid close to a host plant.
|Distribution||United States, ranging from Florida to Maryland|
|Habitat||Near fields and lawns|
|Lifespan of Adults||5-10 days|
|Host Plants||Herbs, including dandelions|
|Adult Diet||Does not feed|
Did You Know
- American entomologist Johan Christian Fabricius first described this moth in 1787.